With holiday shopping in full swing, an annual report from the Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that recalled toys are still readily available in the state, even though they are illegal to sell. rice field.
The 37th annual report, “Trouble in Toyland,” included an investigation by the Illinois PIRG Education Fund into attempts to purchase recently recalled toys from online retailers and markets.
In October, fund members attempted to purchase 16 recently recalled toys and were able to purchase half of them. The author of the report said that in some cases he purchased one toy more than once. In addition, three other of his toys that have been recalled in recent years were purchased.
Overall, 30 items of the 11 recalled toys were purchased by the Illinois PIRG Education Fund as part of the report and were purchased from eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and several online toy stores.
Among the toys recalled were plush toys, action figures, toddler activity balls, musical toys, bath toys, and toddler ride-on toys. Most of the toys were new in boxes or new with tags.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 200,000 people go to the emergency room each year for toy-related injuries and illnesses, and 75% of those are hospitalized under the age of 14.
You can find the full report on Trouble in Toyland 2022 here.
Additionally, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raul released the 2022 Safe Shopping Guide, which lists recalled products as holiday shopping heats up.
Items recalled in this year’s guide include toys, music sets, rattles, pacifiers and touchbooks.
Raoul also urged Illinoisans to beware of bunk beds, which can pose a risk of being trapped or strangled, and recommends items such as ATVs and helmets, which may not meet safety requirements and are recommended for older children. It also warns about items that are often sold to
Read the full 2022 Safe Shopping Guide. here.